Innovational Lisbon by Startup Portugal
For startups, Lisbon has become one of the world’s capital cities. On the one hand, it counts local “unicorns” such as Farfetch and Outsystems and hundreds of established international businesses. But on the other hand, countless startups are still in their earliest stages, sharing coworking spaces with freelancing creatives. André Rodrigues Lopes – co-founder of a young startup (Altar.io) and the administrator of this group dedicated to the ecosystem – leads the way on the final leg of this guide.
Startup LisboaRua da Prata, 80/81
The city hall started this partnership with other businesses at the end of 2011 and most local startups were incubated right here. It is ran by João Vasconcelos, or the “minister of Startups” as Paddy Cosgrave likes to call him.
Cowork LisboaRua Rodrigues de Faria, 103
A proof that the Lx Factory is a trendy spot is that it was already housing startups even before it was cool, back in 2010.
Second Home LisboaMercado da Ribeira, Avenida 24 de Julho
When it opened in 2016, this was the first expansion of Second Home outside of the United Kingdom. You’ll find it on the upper floor of the rebuilt Mercado da Ribeira. Things must be going well, as there’s talk of a second space in the near future.
Labs LisboaRua Adriano Correia de Oliveira, 4A
This modern coworking space, has a 1000 m2 garden, and houses about 25 tech startups developing their activity in areas that range between sustainability and education.
LACSCais Rocha Conde de Óbidos
One of the newcomers in the ecosystem, LACS bets on creating a community of artists and entrepreneurs that trickles down to the visual identity of the space. It has a particularly impressive terrace.
Hub Criativo do BeatoRua da Manutenção, 118
The city hall has been very proactive in revitalising the Eastern side of Lisbon and this project is expected to be the biggest of its kind. These 35,000 m2 could define Lisbon’s next few years, and even the future of innovation in Portugal.